Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty teeth.

First Inaugural Address of George Washington...April 30, 1789

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Abraham Lincoln said:

"In this age, and in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it nothing can suceed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions."

James Madison Declared

The adversaries of the Constitution seem to have lost sight of the PEOPLE altogether in their reasonings on this subject; and to have viewed these different establishments not only as mutual rivals and enemies, but as uncontrolled by any common superior in their efforts to usurp the authorities of each other. These gentlemen must be reminded of their error. They must be told that the ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, wherever the derivative may be found, RESIDES IN THE PEOPLE ALONE. (Federalist Papers, No. 46, p.294; emphasis added.)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A picture is worth a thousand words

Pick up Sunday, July 24th 2011 Chicago Tribune and go to page 25 in the NATION & WORLD section. There you will find a photograph of two men with sad and I believe perplexed looks on their faces...expressions that are beyond words to explain the fatigue and emotional distress expressed on their faces and body postures.

Read the article by Peter Nicholas and Lisa Mascaro if you want; but I don't think it can add much more than the expressions on both mens' faces. On the left, House Speaker John Boehner and on the right President Obama.

I looked at this photograph and saw two different views of the United States' projected trajectory; one directed toward bigger government, more taxes and a larger deficit and one toward smaller government, less taxes and a smaller deficit. The perplexing part is that each man thinks he is correct in his views and that his views are what the American people want.

I say a prayer every night for the politicians, given the power by "the people" to make the prudent and correct decisions that will be the best ones for all the people of the United States of America.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Is there a double standard Gov. Quinn?

Is there a double standard Governor Quinn between sex offenders who are physicians and those who are attorneys? According to an article written by Tribune reporter Megan Twohey in Friday's July 22, 2011 Chicago the TRIBUNE WATCHDOG UPDATES section titled Sex offenders will lose their medical licenses there must be a double standard.

The article states that "Doctors and other health care workers convicted of sex crimes, forcible felonies or battery of a patient (client) will be stripped of their medical licences in Illinois under a sweeping new law." emphasis (client) added

"Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure Thursday in response to a Tribune investigation that found predatory doctors, even those convicted of crimes, often faced little or no punishment from state regulators, said his spokeswoman, Brooke Anderson." No mention of weather the Tribune investigated the legal profession in regards to predatory attorneys convicted of crimes and weather or not they often faced little or no punishment from state regulators...I wonder why that was not mentioned; I wonder if the trial lawyers could have donated significantly more to the Governor's political campaign.

According to the article in the Chicago Tribune "The governor wants patients (why not attorney clients) to feel safe and to be safe," she said. (emphasis attorney clients) added  "After the things that were brought to light in the tribune, he supported the bill." I wonder if the governor feels the same way about attorneys that commit crimes. I wonder if the Tribune has the "guts" to do an in debt investigation of attorneys that commit crimes and if they ever even come to the light of day for investigation much less prosecution and loosing their law licenses. I think that would be an interesting study and one that would be fair and balanced....don't you? Go ahead and do it Chicago Tribune...I dare you...I double dare you!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

U.S. becoming an oligarchy?

According to the U.S. Constitution, Article, IV, Section. 4; "The United States shall guarantee to every State in the Union a Republican Form of Government...".

According to the U.S. Constitution, Article. I., Section. 8., Paragraph 2., "The Congress shall have the power "To borrow Money on the credit of the United States,".

Nowhere in the Constitution does it give the authority to Congress to pass a bill giving the Executive Branch (the President) the authority to raise the debt ceiling. This is being proposed by a handful of legislators in the Congress (an oligarchy) in the hope that it will be approved by the Congress. It is the directed duty of Congress not the Executive to pass a bill to either increase, keep the same, or decrease the debt ceiling. They are mandated by the Constitution to do this; they cannot constitutionally pass this on to the President. The political theater must stop and the Congress, both Republicans, Democrats and Independents must meet their responsibilities and not posture for future elections. I believe that those who continue to play political theater wont be on the list of actors in the next Congress.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The World Bank

Following World War II two significant politico-economic entities, the U.S. and the U.K. created the World Bank. Concurrent with the war, business entities either had their businesses (mortar and bricks) bombed to hell or left Europe with all the liquid assets they could carry or somehow transport to safe havens for their assets. Leftists, comprised of resistance leaders, communists, anarchists and socialists filled the void left by the business, well financed elite that had left for safer locations. In order to prevent these leftist groups from taking power by the void left by the vacated business elites the U.S. and the U.K. devised a way to get these business classes back into power. The U.S. and U.K. had to create an international system to champion and grow capitalist policies.

Thus the reason for the creation of the World Bank; this bank focused on making loans to governments for the rebuilding of the infrastructure of various countries devastated by the war...those parts of the economy that primarily improved the financial aspect of the governmental sector. Those parts of the economy that improved the private sector were left to the private companies and taxpayers. After western Europe and Japan were somewhat rehabbed the World Bank focused some of its lending towards third world countries.

The IMF (International Monetary Fund) portion of the World Bank would lend money to countries that the U.S. and the U.K. would choose so that commerce, trade and balance of payments could be smoothed out more so that this policy would benefit all nations but especially the U.S. and England...self interest was at work here and this was not at all done for humanitarian reasons alone. The IMF and World Banks' underlying mission was to bring together all the financial elites of all the countries and form a capitalistic system. This was in essence a Keynesian "pump-priming" that would especially benefit the U.S. and the U.K..

By adjusting their policies the World Bank and IMF could push certain economic and political policies which suited them more than the other countries in the system. This set up a type of "colonial control system" that would selectively allow some corporations to repatriate (bring back) profits, balance countries (governments) budgets and other internal matters of sovereign countries. In reality is was a system of control by the U.S. and England over many of the countries in Europe; one might say it was an indirect was of "colonizing" these countries via economic control policy.

Note" Materials and data from 50 Years Is Enough, edited by Kevin Danaher.